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(Washington-AP) -- In what critics say is a blow to renewed nuclear testing that poses a risk to Utah, a House subcommittee has denied a Bush Administration bid for research funds for new nuclear weapons and "bunker buster" bombs.
The House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee stripped more than 66 (M) million dollars for the research from their spending bill.
Utah Democratic Representative Jim Matheson, who has lobbied against renewed nuclear testing, says the move is "a significant step" but there is further work to be done.
Matheson has blamed radiation from nuclear weapons testing for the death of his father, the former Governor Scott Matheson.
Matheson recently authored legislation that, among other requirements, demands that the federal government shut down testing if radioactive fallout travels outside Nevada.
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